Definition of Mordant

1. Noun. A substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process.




2. Adjective. Harshly ironic or sinister. "Fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
Exact synonyms: Black, Grim
Similar to: Sarcastic
Derivative terms: Grimness

3. Adjective. Of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action.
Exact synonyms: Caustic, Corrosive, Erosive, Vitriolic
Similar to: Destructive
Derivative terms: Caustic, Corrode, Corrode, Corrosive, Erode, Vitriol

Definition of Mordant

1. a. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.

2. n. Any corroding substance used in etching.

3. v. t. To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing.

Definition of Mordant

1. Adjective. biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe. ¹

2. Noun. Any substance used to facilitate the fixing of a dye to a fibre; usually a metallic compound which reacts with the dye using chelation. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mordant

1. to treat with a caustic substance [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Mordant

1. 1. Any corroding substance used in etching. 2. Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibres and colouring matter, serves as a bond of union, and thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes. 3. Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere. Origin: F, originally, biting. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mordant

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Literary usage of Mordant

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1. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"Cotton thus mordanted was much used formerly for fixing mordant dyes—peachwood. logwood, &c., in which case the stannic oxide constituted the mordant, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1912)
"and ' soluble oil,' since it is largely used in the modern short process of Turkey-red dyeing as tho fixing agent for the necessary aluminium mordant, ..."

3. Outlines of Industrial Chemistry: A Text-book for Students by Frank Hall Thorp, Charles D. Demond (1905)
"The mordant dyes yield colors which are generally fast to washing, soaping, milling, and light. They comprise a great variety of coloring matters, ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"This third substance used, which acts as a mediator, combining two inimical bodies, is termed a mordant. All the mordants with one or two exceptions are ..."

5. The Journal of the Society of Chemical Industry by Society of Chemical Industry (1884)
"The most suitable mordant to use is bichromate of potash in the ... With aluminium mordant a much redder purple is obtained than with chromium mordant. ..."

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